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vulnerablebodies%20003PECANS WORKSHOP 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

Encounters with vulnerability:

The victim, the fragile, the monster, the queer, the abject, the nomadic, the feminine, the shameful, and the rest 

An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality

 

Nov 22nd, 2013

Venue: Newcastle University

Host: Gender Research Group, Newcastle University

This one-day conference seeks to bring together postgraduate and early-career scholars from across the UK and beyond to explore the general theme of ‘Encounters with vulnerability: the victim, the fragile, the monster, the queer, the abject, the nomadic, the feminine, the shameful, and the rest’. This interdisciplinary conference in the field of Law, Gender and Sexuality’ will investigate what lies beneath vulnerability, how it is deployed, what it calls for, and how it is denied, among other. Despite its ubiquity, the concept of vulnerability has been fine-tuned in the last decade or so. It has been used to explain and counteract the different dimensions of how the ‘subject’ and the body that it inhabits are deployed – represented, regulated, normalised – through atomistic notions, without relations. To the extent that normative orders, from politics to law, assume or idealize disembodied subjectivity, it encourages us to re-encounter and re-think the different forms of relating to embodiment, with vulnerability as one of its aspects. (more…)

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Bodies of Law / Law and the Body

An interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate and early-career academics in the area of law, gender and sexuality

Friday 30 March 2012

School of Law, University of Westminster, London, UK

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Law mediates various power structures and is interwoven with numerous other knowledges that participate in the construction, normalization and regulation of bodies, such as medicine, social media, religion and the nation-state. Numerous feminist legal scholars have commented on law’s intimate relationship to, for example, medical discourses, arguing that the shape of legal power has changed to more regulatory and disciplinary forms. Inevitably law’s relationship to bodies/states of embodiment alters as it takes on these increasingly pervasive roles. One might conclude that the notion of a space where the law will not intervene is a liberal fantasy, out of step with the reality of law’s operations. How, then, should law be evaluated and/or harnessed?

Our interdisciplinary one-day workshop aims to cover these and other issues pertaining to law and the body.

Venue – Room CLG.09, New Cavendish Site, 115 New Cavendish St, University of Westminster http://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/visit-us/directions/cavendish

Conference fees – £15; includes lunch and refreshments

Registration– registration closes 20/03/12.  Places are limited. Please click link and follow on screen payment instructions https://epayments.westminster.ac.uk/webpublicecs/newpay.asp

Further information – please see our website at http://clgs-pecans.org.uk/ or contact Nikki Godden at n.m.godden@durham.ac.uk

Download the programme here: PECANS 2012 Provisional programme

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Nikki Godden

On 25 and 26 July 2011, Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars (PECANS) held an international workshop ‘Interrogating (In)Equality’ at the University of British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies. Thoughts were shared, new ideas sparked and debates flourished: it was a great conference and good way to meet other researchers from across the globe, working in the field of law, gender and sexuality. The panels were carefully constructed with complementary papers, raising interesting and, often, complex questions on topics such as: gender and supra-national governance; sex, violence and law; motherhood, autonomy and law; feminism, colonialism and the legal subject; gender, identity and equality; hate crimes, constitutions and the potential for autonomy; and spatial relations of law, gender and sexuality. A thought-provoking paper was given by the keynote speaker Dean Spade, and there were also extremely useful skills sessions on applying for academic jobs and publishing research on law, gender and sexuality. (more…)

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